When you combine education and sport as universal values you get the Universiade – claimed to be a more important sporting event then Winter Olympic Games. The Universiade is a multi-discipline international event that brings together over 10,000 university athletes from the whole world. And, it is not only about sport; over the years it has developed into a respected and popular cultural event.
And it is not surprising that the 2019 Universiade is hosted by Napoli, Italy. The Universiade, in its modern form, was created by the Italian sport manager Primo Nebiolo, who organized the first such event in Torino in 1959, and it has been staged every two years since then in a different city. With its rich cultural and historical heritage and picturesque nearby volcano Vesuvius, Napoli is a wonderful city to visit during the Universiade.
The organizer anticipates 18 sports disciplines: archery, artistic gymnastic, athletics, basketball, diving, fencing, football, judo, rhythmic gymnastics, rugby sevens, sailing, shooting sports, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, and waterpolo.
The venues are located throughout Campania Region, and all venues will be fully renovated for this large event.
As stated on the official website, for students-athletes, the experience will definitely overcome their expectations: “The city’s historic centre, Centro Storico, and natural splendors like nearby Amalfi Coast will play an ideal supporting role to university student athletes in action. Just imagine playing for the Universiade tennis title beside the Gulf of Napoli beachfront, with the shadow of Mount Vesuvius to one side and the island of Capri to the other. As a backdrop for competitive summer sport it doesn’t get more impressive than this.”